Far from being a detached "futurist" New Testament symbol of torture, few Christians realize that the idea of a "lake of fire" is well steeped in Old Testament, Jewish tradition. Not only that, but the actual prophetic destiny and eventual fate of this "lake," is nothing short of amazing!...read study notes
Before the book of Revelation, the phrases "the lake of fire" and "the second death"are nowhere to be found in the holy Scriptures. Not only are they absent, but no-one is ever warned of them! Like wise, all other New Testament writers failed to make mention of this future punishment of "eternal" retribution.
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It would be wise to state then, that any interpretation of such striking symbology, must NOT contradict the rest of the Scriptures that are all but silent on the matter of "eternal torture" beyond the grave! That the Scriptures do speak of a future "JUDGEMENT by FIRE" however, there is no dispute. But why, and for what purpose? What does "FIRE" actually accomplish?
Associates for spiritual knowledge (A.S.K) *note: we indorse only a "symbolic" interpretation of these findings
L. Ray Smith (Bible Truths)
J. Preston Eby (kingdom Bible Studies)
Elwin R. Roach
J. G. H. Steedman (the Differentiator Revisited)
TREASURES OF TRUTH ARCHIVE (the Differentiator Revisited)
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